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Somali Minister Shot Dead by Body Guards near Presidential Palace

Bodyguards for Somalia's auditor general shot dead a government minister in an apparent accident near the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Wednesday evening, police said. Auditor general Nur Farah's bodyguards opened fire on a car carrying Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, the public works and reconstruction minister, near a checkpoint close to

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35-Year Old Daughter of Late Rwandan Tycoon to Challenge Kagame

The 35-year-old daughter of a tycoon who once bankrolled the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front said Wednesday she plans to run as an independent candidate against President Paul Kagame in August's elections. "Everybody is scared to express themselves because they are too scared of the ruling party," said Diane Rwigara, pledging to

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Increases Minimum Wage 97 Days to Election

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced that his government would raise the minimum wage by 18 per cent, three months to the general elections on August 08. Uhuru, son to Kenyan founding father Jomo Kenyatta, is seeking re-election for a second term in office. "My government is concerned with the large

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Two of Africa’s Longest Serving Presidents Meet in Kampala

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea arrived in Uganda on a two-day state visit at the invitation of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The two leaders make it to the list of the continent’s – and indeed the world’s – list of longest serving presidents. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo took

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Four Al Shabaab Militants Executed

A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday. The four men were executed in Baidoa, which lies about 245 km (150 miles) northwest of

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Khartoum Warns Juba against Supporting Rebels

Sudan on Monday warned South Sudan to cease its support of rebel groups at war with Khartoum, accusing its president of meeting with rebels last week in a rare public statement from Khartoum's intelligence agency. Sudan regularly accuses its neighbour of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan

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Malaria Vaccine to be Rolled out in Kenya

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will roll out RTS,S or Mosquirix, the world’s first malaria vaccine, in three African countries of Kenya Ghana and Malawi. The roll out of the vaccine developed by British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative is expected in 2018. It will be administered

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Museveni Says He Loves Donald Trump; Urges Africa on Self-Reliance

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni addressed 6th High Level Forum on security in Africa at Blue Nile Hotel, Bahir Dar in Ethiopia where he discussed the challenges and prospects in management of African resources to help transform the continent. Museveni called the Africanisation of ideas to make the apply to the whole

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Kagame: Empowering Women is not Doing Them a Favour; It’s Our Responsibility

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has told the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF Inkotanyi) Women’s League Congress that empowering women was not a favour but everyone’s responsibility. Kagame, also the Chairman of the RPF, was addressing the members of the women’s league in Kigali on Saturday. “Empowering women is not a favour, it's a

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